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Dangerous Illusions: How Religion Deprives Us of Happiness by [Malkin, Vitaly]
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Dangerous Illusions: How Religion Deprives Us of Happiness Kindle Edition

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Religion and social utopias are attacking our freedom of expression and thought. They impose on us the absolutist criteria of Good and Evil, faith in the beyond, and the prospect of an unclouded horizon. Such dangerous illusions remain the worst curse of humanity: they have always prevented us from self-fulfilment and everyday contentment.

We're living in a time of contradictions. Thanks to the incredible scientific and technological progress of recent decades, we've experienced changes more radical than any seen in previous centuries. At the same time, we risk making a U-turn which threatens to eradicate our secular values and reduce us to savagery.

Man or God? Reason or faith? Pleasure or abstinence? Live in the here and now or wait for life after death?

In this committed and passionate book, Malkin – a philanthropist, business man and investor – argues for a radical shift in humanity's thinking about religion; that reason and religion cannot co-exist, and that mankind will only be truly happy if we are able to shake off the illusions given us by religion in order to live a life more rooted in the present.

Dangerous Illusions sets out to explore the irrational demands that religion makes of man and asks the reader to question what benefit religious practices offer human beings in this life. Scrutinising topics such as suffering and evil, pleasure and asceticism, sex and celibacy, and circumcision and excision, through the lens of the three major world monotheistic religions, this book fearlessly refutes our most careless beliefs. It encourages us to be more aware of the dangers religions pose to our society and to change our intellectual practices altogether.

About the Author

Vitaly Malkin (born 16 September 1952) is a Russian businessman and investor. He has been a physicist, banker and senator (from 2004 to 2013). Malkin became interested in philosophy and history of religion while engaged in his philanthropic activities for the Fondation Era and Fondation Espoir, and from his extensive travels around the world. Living now in Europe, Malkin has fully dedicated himself to writing and to continuing his work as a philanthropist.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4579 KB
  • Print Length: 812 pages
  • Publisher: Arcadia Books (14 June 2018)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B07D8F54DY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #309,274 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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